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Why I joined Latics

19 August 2012

Montano on his move

New-signing Cristian Montano has been explaining why he rejected offers from two Italian teams and one from France in favour of joining Latics.

The 20-year-old forward, signed on a two-year contract from West Ham, was won over by the set up at Boundary Park.

The Colombian-born Montano explained: "I trained three times last week with Latics and found it a good club, one which I wanted to join.

"I was impressed with the manager and the togetherness at the club and in the team.

"There are also a lot of good, young players here which is also good."

Montano last season had loan spells at Notts County, Swindon, Dagenham and Swindon which gave him a feel for life in the lower divisions.

He was also a spectator at Latics' Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

Montano said: "I watched the Sheffield Wednesday game and was impressed how we were 2-0 ahead at half time against a Championship side.

"It was sad we couldn't hold on to the lead but, from what I have seen, I feel Oldham is a good club and we can go on and have a good season.

"Hopefully I can offer them something different and do well for the team."

Montano can play on either flank or down the middle, but views his best position as wide left where he made his debut at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

And rather than staying at West Ham and being a squad man, Montano added he is looking forward to playing regular football.

"I love the game and just want to play football and do well for the team and see where it takes us," he concluded.

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